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“Sink the Sled” returns

Houghton Rotary hopes all eyes will be on the Portage Canal this spring. They’ve placed a sled on the ice and will closely monitor how long it stays afloat before the spring thaw chips away at its frozen support. A webcam has been trained on the snowmobile, time stamped for the utmost accuracy. All guesses are being taken online, you can find the link here.

The cost to participate depends on how many entries you purchase. One guess costs $5 but there is an option to buy three for $10. If you are accurate down to the minute you can win up to $1,000. The full release is below.


The Houghton Rotary Club is excited to announce the return of “Sink the Sled”. The popular fundraising event began on Saturday, January 29 and will conclude when warm Spring weather melts the ice and the sled sinks into Portage Lake. Anyone, anywhere can play — simply buy an entry and make your best guess for the exact moment the sled sinks. Guess the correct month, day, hour, and minute and you could win up to $1,000 ! The purchase of a ticket gives you an entry/guess for the contest. Tickets will be sold throughout the rest of winter until either the sled sinks or until April 30, 2022. The winning ticket will receive 50% of the net sales (up to $1,000). The remaining proceeds will support the Houghton Rotary’s scholarship program and other community activities.

Pay $5 for one guess/entry or $10 for three guesses/entries. The guess closest to the day and time of the sinking will be determined by a time-stamped webcam video.

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